Louw, Robert Papers

Span Dates: 2005 and undated
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 1 folder


The collection contains a memorial service bulletin for Robert Louw, and an article written by him titled ‘Husbands and Wives: Same-Sex Marriage in Mkhumbane in the 1950s’. This article, not easily found, documents acceptance of same sex marriages within traditional African cultures. This acceptance was linked in west African religions to special spiritual roles.

Hist/Bio Note

Robert Louw (d. 2005) was an anti-apartheid activist, human rights lawyer and academic. He was also the co-founder of the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Centre, the first treasurer of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and part of the NEC of the National Coalition for Gay & lesbian Equality (NCGLE). He died of HIV/AIDS related illnesses in 2005.

Finding Aid

There is not an online finding aid. The guide to the holdings of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa includes a brief catalog description.


This collection is located in the Gay and Lesbian Archives located at PO Box 31719, Braamfontein, 2017, South Africa


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